24 Feb 2016

Samoa PM returned unopposed with only opponent ruled out

3:57 pm on 24 February 2016

Samoa's caretaker Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, will now run unopposed in his constituency, after a court ruling has disqualified his only opponent from contesting the seat.

Tu'ula Kiliri had intended to run in Lepa constituency for the opposition Tautua Samoa party.

He had also attempted to oppose the Prime Minister in Lepa in the 2011 general election, but was disqualified under the village service or monotaga requirement.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi Photo: RNZ / Alex Perrottet

The acting electoral commissioner, Faimalotumua Mathew Lemisio, said Mr Kiliri was again disqualified for the same reason.

"The Supreme Court has given its decision on four matters, including the matter between the Prime Minister and one of the candidates from his constituency where the court has ruled against the respondent disqualifying him as a candidate because he hasn't fulfilled the requirements under the law."

Faimalotumua Mathew Lemisio said in another matter, the court has ruled in the favour of woman candidate, Faaulusau Rosa Duffy Stowers, who has been cleared to run against the Parliamentary speaker, La'auli Leuatea Polataivao.

He said two other candidates have been disqualified, one under the monotaga requirement, and another for a having criminal conviction.

There are two more cases before the court which are expected to be decided on Thursday or Friday.

Samoa's general election is on March 4.

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